College Publications (JOU 1111, JOU 1121, JOU 2111, and JOU 2121) is a one-year, non-tranferring course of study that prepares the student for a media future. Currently, there are three distinct areas of opportunity:
Each of these classes demand certain requirements of the student, so prospective students should note these carefully, since they will determine final grade. Among these requirements are: amount of hours per week that will be needed to complete outside assignments, specific skills that will need to be learned, and previous involvement in high school activities that will enhance the publication/production that the class undertakes.
If you are interested in enrolling in one of these classes, you should apply as soon as possible. These classes require a certain amount of personal instruction, so the space is limited. There is usually a cut-off point at which no other students are admitted, and due to the complexity of the learning process, it is not possible to enter some of these classes during the spring semester, since the information taught in the spring semester requires knowing the information taught during the fall semester. Check with the instructor for information about enrolling for the spring semester.
Television and Film Production
Television and Film Production is a two-year class that will prepare the student to enroll in a college or university Television and Film program. Although the class does not qualify for credit at the transfer university or college, it does prepare the student with a background in the subject.
Students will learn with hands-on use of professional high definition video equipment by working on the college's various television productions. They will also intern with the college's Healthy People Now!, a health awareness program that produces 3-10 minute presentations to be taped and distributed into Hancock and Pearl River county K-12 schools addressing needs specific to the time and region.
Students learn news reporting by serving as reporters on the college's award-winning Dixie Drawl newspaper. Twenty-eight year veteran Hattiesburg American reporter and City Editor, Chuck Abadie heads this class, assisted by thirty-three year veteran Hattiesburg American reporter, Janet Braswell.
Students learn the basics of electronic publishing through hands-on experience working on the Wildcat CD-ROM annual. This class teaches digital photography and photo editing, basic videography skills, web page skills, and basic skills in electronic graphic design.